May’s Mission Information
As we’ve found ourselves in the COVID-19 crisis, it has caused us to look at where we are, what we are responsible for and how we relate to it. It sure has caused me to take a hard look at things!
As members of your Mission Team, here at Wesley UMC, Doris Thomas and I looked at out May Mission Program. Ideas from the committee planning team were:
Northcott Neighborhood House, Harbor House in Superior, WI and WI Conference’s Golden Cross Sunday (May 10th).
The committee’s hopes were to emphasize Northcott. Possibly with a Mission Trip and presenting a speaker to visit with us, which is not a possibility, now.
The need for financial help comes from Harbor House. The need to help families is great!
However, the second Sunday in May in our conference is called Golden Cross Sunday.
Our lives have been changed these last few weeks. It has perhaps changed our financial giving for many of us or means that we cannot leave our homes to serve in person. I do know that our Wesley family has found ways to keep us connected in our faith and love one for another.
I celebrate that. Peace
From Harbor House:
Harbor House celebrates the triumphs of those who are in our program or have recently exited. We celebrate:
1. Three families have moved into permanent housing, after being in our transition housing.
2. We have a tentative opening date of June for our permanent supportive housing building.
3. Our emergency shelters are full and we have been able to help many families get into housing.
4. A woman in our transitional living program enrolled in schooling and will start in August.
From UMCS- United Methodist Children’s Services
Bill Schmitt as been hired as the permanent Executive Director. Shantel Hendricks returns to UMCS as the Community Health Worker and Gabi Taylor-Hart is the new Community Organizer.
New Partnerships are being celebrated. UMCS is one of the pilot sites for the Community Care-A-Van in partnership with Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bucks. On Wednesday afternoon each week during the UMCS Food Pantry hours, the Care-A-Van is on site and staffed with nurses to assist residents with basic health care screenings and to connect them to other resources.
The Mobile Legal Clinic is another new partnership, a project of Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Bar Association that provides vital civil legal aid by bringing volunteer lawyers and law students to community agencies in neighborhoods that are marginalized and isolated. The first mobile clinic took place on March 11 and was a huge success.
Also on any given food pantry day, you are also likely to find Access workers helping residents with FoodShare benefits, Hunger Task Force colleagues offering healthy food samples, health insurance representatives linking families to coverage options and research teams from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Advancing Population Studies offering unique opportunities to participate in programs seeking to better understand and treat diseases and afflictions that disproportionately impact neighborhoods like Washington Park.